Cumming School of Medicine

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry

The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry

This peer-reviewed open textbook was developed to suit a one-semester General, Organic and Biological Chemistry course.

Includes: Test questions following examples, end-of-chapter exercises.

Human Biochemistry

This is a comprehensive text meant for university-level biochemistry courses covering topics such as cellular structure, lipid structure, carbohydrate, DNA, binding, transport, kinetics, metabolism, catalysis, oxidation, and signal transduction. There are links and references for further investigation and chapter-based questions. This largely imitates commercial biochemistry textbooks.

Includes: simulations, exercises, solutions, and critical thinking questions.

Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Ecology

This textbook has been successfully adopted. It should be noted that it was written in the context of Indian universities and has a dedicated section to Indian ecology; however, it is a high-quality resource that covers all of the necessary concepts.

Includes: exercises.

Biology

iBiology

Biology 2e

Biology 2e is a peer reviewed textbook with all of the concepts covered in two terms of first year biology. It was written by biology professors from several institutions. Reviews are available.

Includes: Instructor resources, slides, simulations, applications, summaries, exercises, solutions.

Concepts of Biology, 1st Canadian ed

This textbook was adapted for a Canadian audience from an OpenStax textbook. It was designed for students not majoring in Biology. Interactive activities were included for students to check their understanding.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, simulations, summaries, exercises, solutions

Biology for Majors I and Biology for Majors II

These texts were created through Lumen Learning to provide an expansive overview of introductory biology for science students.

Includes: Instructor resources, exercises, assignments, solutions

An Interactive Introduction to Organismal and Molecular Biology, 2nd Edition

This interactive textbook begins by orienting students to the nature of science, and then proceeds with units on organismal biology and molecular biology.

Includes: Interactive activities, simulations, videos

Cell Structure and Signalling

No suggested OER at this time.

Genomics Proteomics and Bioinformatics

Applied Bioinformatics

From Oregon State University. Please note that this is the first edition of the text. Applied Bioinformatics is frequently updated, and the current edition may be downloaded from the Applied Bioinformatics site.

Licence: CC BY

Creating a Virtual Bioinformatics Lab Module OER to Augment Protein Structure Function Capstone Courses

A set of 5 bioinformatics interactive H5P lab videos. There are accompanying lesson plans, quizzes, assignment with rubrics, and discussion components with rubrics. The videos focus on showing how to find, identify, manipulate, compare, and understand the sequence and 3D structure of model urease enzyme and an unknown protein. The first two videos illustrate the use of BLAST and PSI-BLAST search against a collection of non‐redundant protein databases, an ExPASy, and on‐line Metabolic Maps search by using the direct links to the GenBank™ entries from the BLAST output at the PDB site. The third video explains multiple sequence alignments/conservation and phylogenetic analysis by aligning the FASTA‐formatted sequences from the ExPASy site. The fourth video describes the use of ChEMBL database to perform a “Target” search of unknown protein sequence, find target associated assays and ligand efficiency data, and explore potential inhibitors/modulators of target protein. The last video is about predicting a protein structure and sequence comparison of proteins based on multiple sequence alignment & existing experimental data using SWISS-MODEL, and UCSF Chimera.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Molecular and Developmental Genetics

Biology Media Collection

The four courses this database provides images for (Biology 107 Introduction to Cell Biology, 108 Introduction to Biological Diversity, 207 Molecular Genetics and Heredity, and 208 Principles of Ecology) are foundational to all other Biological Science courses at the university. Images can be used in a wide variety of other science courses, and may be included in student and faculty work.

Licence: CC BY 4.0

“Open Genetics Lectures” Textbook for an Introduction to Molecular Genetics and Heredity (BIOL207)

The Fall 2017 version of Open Genetics Lectures for the course: Introduction to Molecular Genetics and Heredity.

Licence: CC0 Public Domain

Molecular Biology and Disease

Basic Cell and Molecular Biology: What We Know & How We Found Out, 4th Ed.

This textbook provides an overview of cell and molecular biology. Reviews are available.

Includes: Learning objectives, videos, annotations

Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Ecology

This textbook has been successfully adopted. It should be noted that it was written in the context of Indian universities and has a dedicated section to Indian ecology; however, it is a high-quality resource that covers all of the necessary concepts.

Includes: exercises.

Concepts of Biology, 1st Canadian Edition 

This textbook was designed as an introductory biology course for non-science students. It has been successfully adopted and it was written by professors of biology. Although this is a biology textbook, the chapters on the cellular foundation, cell division, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology may apply to the field of biochemistry.

Includes: instructor resources, student resources, simulations, summaries, exercises, solutions.

An Interactive Introduction to Organismal and Molecular Biology

This “textbook” is interactive, meaning that although each chapter has text, they also have interactive H5P content, such as quizzes, simulations, interactive videos, and images with clickable hotspots. Students receive instant feedback when they complete the interactive content, and therefore, can learn and check their understanding all in one place. The first unit introduces students to the nature of science, including scientific controversies, and information literacy, including how to analyze literature and identify stakeholders. Unit 2 is organismal biology, including carbon cycling and population growth, and unit 3 is molecular biology with a focus on gene expression.

Includes: Learning objectives, questions, and interactive activities

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0


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